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A long overdue hello and update

Hello, hello, hello… It’s been a long while. I’m so glad to finally connect again!

It’s been a busy year and I’ve been enjoying my role as Head of Content at If you’re not familiar with the Calm app, feel free to check it out. For those who are curious about mindfulness meditation, it’s a great way to learn and develop a regular practice. Most recently, we’ve launched a kid’s classroom initiative and we’re offering our app for free to teachers all across the world, so feel free to pass the word on to any educators you know!

Tamara at Wisdom Publications


“Happiness” gets 5 stars in the San Francisco Book Review!

San Francisco Book Review

San Francisco Book Review

It’s always awesome to get a 5 star review from a renowned review source, but this one’s extra special. The reason? It’s reviewed by my target audience – a 6 year old girl named Disha. And the best part isn’t that she liked it, but rather, that it’s clear Disha “gets” the message within the story.

Here’s a few of Dishas own words:

“She (Leela) finally realizes that even if she can never do a headstand she is happy because she can do other things like a somersault. I loved this book because like Leela I cannot do a headstand but I am good at doing a tree pose!”

Bravo Disha! Each time I hear that a child is able to let go of the disappointment attached to having an unattainable goal, and can instead celebrate something that’s within their reach to do, it thrills me to the bone.

Now hopefully Disha can pass the message along to her parents…;)

Check out the full review on The San Francisco Book Review here…

A Holiday Gift for You!

Final Amazon cover from Jose HPW2

As a way to express my gratitude for all of your support this past year, I’d like to offer a FREE Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands Kobo eBook as a holiday gift!

I’ll be offering it to people who request the ebook through Facebook and Twitter!

Here is how to receive your gift:

On Twitter please RT:

@beginwithin, I want to win a Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands ebook!

OR if you are a fan of Facebook, share the following post:

@tamaralevitt, I want to win a Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands ebook!

This offer ends December 31, 2013.


It’s time to celebrate! The “Happiness” Book Launch at the Gladstone Hotel!

Happiness Book Launch Invite

Please come out and help celebrate the release of Tamara Levitt’s recently published book Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands; A modern day story about the search for happiness, and one girl’s discovery that even in the face of failure, peace can be found. Presented by Begin With. It’s all happening on On Thursday September 25th at The Gladstone Hotel!

Included in the evening will be an exclusive screening of Tamara Levitt’s short film “Ode to Failure”,

Also, there will be several exciting door prizes such as:

–An eReader from Kobo

-A Gift Certificate for 2 Visits for the Therapeutic
Waters from Body Blitz ($108 Value).

-A Gift Certificate worth $60.00 And a cook book
and baggu worth $40 from Fresh Restaurants.


Interview with Tamara on “One Writers Journey”

Penny Lockwood interviews Tamara on “One Writers Journey”, where she discusses her recently published book, and personal writing process.

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Tell me a little about your book.

Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands is a picture book about a girl named leela who dreams of doing headstands. However, no matter how hard she tries, she’s unable to achieve her goal. She’s devastated by this as we usually are when faced with defeat, but through discovering that having a failure doesn’t mean that “she” is failure, she is ultimately able to find happiness.

This story offers an alternative to the “little engine that could” message that practice makes perfect and that if we just keep trying, we eventually reach a goal. The reality is, no matter how hard we try, we’re sometimes still unable to succeed in life. This book encourages cultivating self-acceptance, compassion and resilience in order to accept, learn and grow from defeat.

What gave you the idea for this particular story?

The story was in part inspired by my own struggle with perfectionism, which I’ve had since childhood and lead to a lack of self-acceptance or self-compassion. These were qualities I’ve had to learn as an adult and continue to practice as best as I can.

The beliefs we learn as children become our core beliefs as adults, so my intention through the work I create is to inspire healthy and empowering belief systems in children from the start, to help them become high functioning, happy, adults.


“Happiness” has finally arrived!

At long last! “Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands” is finally here!
Begin Within is proud to announce the publication of Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands; now available for purchase at the NEW BEGIN WITHIN WEBSITE!


Happiness Doesn’t Come From Headstands is a a modern day story about the search for happiness, and one girl’s discovery that even in the face of failure, peace can be found.

Final Amazon cover from Jose HPW2

Check out sample interior pages, the book trailer, and order your copy of the book at our new fab website (Which I personally designed and would love for you to check out!) Plus, until July 15, in honor of Canada day, Canadians will receive FREE SHIPPING AND HST!

Praise for the book:
For some extra enticement, check out these recent 5 star endorsements on our Amazon page from reviewers below:


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